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New Commit to Connect Topical Guides

Commit to Connect recently released three new publications to help staff and volunteer leaders committed to addressing social isolation and loneliness develop and enhance social connection programs and interventions.

Social connection is vital for people living with dementia and their care partners because it contributes to a high quality of life and enhances health and well-being. The Supporting Social Connection of People Living with Dementia topical guide shares different programs and initiatives from organizations across the country that encourage social connection for people living with dementia. Readers will also learn recommendations for implementing effective programs, suggestions for communicating with people living with dementia, and resources to learn more about this topic.

Intergenerational relationships between young and older people have strong potential to promote social connection. The Intergenerational Engagement topical guide highlights different ways organizations are increasing intergenerational social engagement in their communities. Through either regular programming or informal gatherings, intergenerational programs are an opportunity for individuals of varying ages to interact, gain social connection, and contribute to their communities.

Older adults and people with disabilities who live in rural communities face unique barriers to social connection. Yet the strength of rural communities may also help facilitate solutions. The Rural Communities and Building Social Connection for Older Adults and People with Disabilities topical guide is aimed at staff and volunteer leaders from organizations serving older adults and people with disabilities in rural areas seeking to enhance or initiate social engagement efforts. The guide highlights challenges and opportunities for social engagement in rural areas, tips for developing social engagement programming to serve rural areas, and programs and resources to increase social engagement.  

Funding for this initiative was made possible by contract no. HHSP233201500088I from ACL.  The views expressed do not necessarily reflect the official policies of the Department of Health and Human Services; nor does mention of trade names, commercial practices, or organizations imply endorsement by the U.S. Government.

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